A political economy of agricultural markets in South India: masters of the countryside
Market deregulation in Indian agriculture has been recently justified on the grounds that agricultural markets are competitive and efficient. This book explains why the assumption is incorrect and why deregulation may be dangerous both for efficiency and equity. Using extensive field research into the marketing system for five major commodities, and applying an approach grounded in institutional economics and political economy, author Barbara Harriss-White examines the technological and logistical systems defining agricultural markets. She analyzes the connections between money, labor, and land in agricultural markets, stressing the way in which power is institutionalized. In addition, A Political Economy of Agricultural Markets in South India reveals the roles of rent-seeking, tax evasion, and criminal activity in these complex systems. The analysis is historically grounded and provides policy options for regulation, technology, and employment under contemporary conditions of market reforms. A Political Economy of Agricultural Markets in South India will prove useful to students, scholars, and professionals in economics, agricultural economics, political economy, sociology, agricultural technology, and labor studies.
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The Case for a Political Economy of Markets
Field Methods and Data
Agrarian Structure in Coimbatore District South India
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activities agricultural markets agroindustrial agroprocessing Andhra Pradesh Annur ASSETS QUINTILE Avanashi average behaviour brokers cash caste casual labour cent Coimbatore district combinations commercial commercialised COMMODITY FLOWS commodity markets competition complex concentration contracts cotton ginning Cotton wholesale crops economic exchange relations family labour Farmer CS Civil finance foodgrains Gounders grain gross output Harriss household India industry institutions interest investment Jaffna kapas labour force labour markets land loans long-distance marketed surplus marketing systems mercantile merchants millets moneylending North Arcot operations organisation paddy paddy-rice Palladam payment periodic markets petty portfolios processing production rates of profit rates of return region Regulated Market Retailer ST Small rice milling Rice wholesale Rural Sales Location Value sample seasonal sector seller social sorghum spatial specialised storage Tamil Nadu tion Tiruppur tobacco tonnes Total trading firms transactions costs transport Types of Intermediary Urban vary wage labour wholesaling